Advent 2022: “Generation to Generation”

Advent 2022: “Generation to Generation”

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QuickLink: Advent Study (4-week)
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Advent 2022 Theme

The worship theme for Advent and Christmas this year is called Generation to Generation, and is based on something Mary said while visiting Elizabeth. In response to Elizabeth reporting that her son, John, had just “jumped for joy” within her womb, Mary made a long statement of faith, including this:

Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored because the mighty one has done great things for me. Holy is his name. He shows mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors him as God.

Luke 1:48b-50

Despite the challenges and vulnerability she faced, Mary could glimpse the scale and scope of the good news she was part of bringing forth. This good news transcends time and space—it was and is bigger than just her. Christ is coming for collective liberation: God’s redemption is at work for years to come. Therefore, the promise is meant to be lived out and passed on from generation to generation.

The root word of “generation” is “gen” meaning “origin” or “birth.” Our theme is also a call to action: what are we being called to generate or bring forth? What have your ancestors and those who have come before you passed on for you to continue? Who are the spiritual elders in your community who planted the seeds for the things that are now blooming? What seeds are you planting for the future?

From Generation to Generation… reminds us of the ways our lives, histories, actions, and stories are interconnected and woven together. In the midst of narratives, policies, and rhetoric designed to divide us, what does it look like to practice belonging to one another? The work of God is always unfolding— in and through us. This Advent season, how will we carry it forth?

Advent Devotional: Digital Version

A digital version of this year’s Advent devotional can be viewed using a browser, whether on a computer, pad, or phone. It is not downloadable. For copyright reasons, we are not providing a link to the digital version on this page for the general public. However, if you would like a link, please submit your emaill address below. Submitting your request will result in the link being sent to the email address you provide in the form. Doing this will NOT result in you receiving emails from our church.

Advent Devotional: Paper Version

Hardcopies of the Advent devotional are available in the church office during the week and in the narthex on Sunday mornings.

Advent Study: “Faithful: Xmas Thru the Eyes of Joseph”

Pastor Drew will be leading a 4-week Advent study using the book by Adam Hamilton, “Faithful.” It is a short look at Christmas as seen through the eyes of Joseph. See the Advent Study page for more information and to sign up for the class.

Advent & Christmas Worship Calendar

November 27

December 4

December 11

December 18

"There's Room for Every Story"

"God Meets Us in Our Fear"

"A Joyful Noel"

"We See God in Each Other"

Matthew 1:1-7

Isaiah 2:1-5

Luke 1:26-38

Isaiah 11:1-10

Musical Celebration

Luke 1:39-58

December 24

December 25

January 1

5:45pm - Candlelight service; glo-sticks for children

10 a.m. !!!

Epiphany Sunday

7:45pm-traditional candlelight service

Wear anything Christmasy, including an 'ugly Xmas Sweater'